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Corey Patterson

Patterson as a non-roster invitee of the Washington Nationals in 2009 spring training
Seattle Mariners — No. --
Center fielder
Born: August 13, 1979 (1979-08-13) (age 30)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Left Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 18, 2000 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
(through 2009 Season)
Batting average     .252
Home runs     104
Runs batted in     363
Stolen bases     184
Teams

Donald Corey Patterson (August 13, 1979) in Atlanta, Georgia is a Major League Baseball center fielder for the Seattle Mariners organization. He is the older brother of Oakland Athletics outfielder Eric Patterson.

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Amateur career

Patterson attended Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, and helped Harrison win the Georgia state championship as a senior in 1998. That year, he had a batting average of .528 with 81 runs scored, 22 home runs, 61 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 38 games. Patterson was named to the Baseball America and USA Today first-team All-America teams, and was selected by USA Baseball as its Amateur Player of the Year and as the Baseball Coaches Association's co-national high school Player of the Year. Patterson was also named a Baseball America second-team selection after his junior season.

Professional career

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Chicago Cubs

Patterson was selected by the Chicago Cubs as the third overall pick in the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut in 1999 with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class-A Midwest League, and was selected as that league's "Prospect of the Year" after leading the league in slugging percentage (.592), extra base hits (72) and triples (17). He also batted .320 with 20 homers and 79 RBI, and was named to the league's all-star team both at midseason and postseason. Baseball America named Patterson the league's top prospect. After the 1999 season, he played in the Arizona Fall League and was that league's youngest player. He batted .368 with 4 home runs, 24 RBI, and 8 stolen bases in 35 games, and was named to the league's all-star team.

In 2000, Patterson was promoted to the Double-A West Tenn Diamond Jaxx of the Southern League. He was named to the league's midseason and postseason all-star team, and was named the league's top prospect by Baseball America. Patterson batted .268 with 22 home runs and 82 RBI, finishing second in the league in home runs.

After playing in the 2000 Southern League playoffs, Patterson was called up from the minors to play for the Cubs. He made his major league debut on September 18, 2000, against the Milwaukee Brewers. The next day Patterson recorded his first major league hit, a home run off Juan Acevedo. He finished the 2000 with seven hits in 42 at bats, and two home runs.

Patterson did not start playing a full season until 2002 when he finished with a .253 batting average. In 2003, he started to become the All-Star the Cubs were looking for, batting .298 with 55 RBI in only 83 games before injuring his knee while running to first on a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Patterson played 157 games in 2004, with a .266 batting average, 24 home runs, and 72 RBI in 631 at bats. His On base plus slugging of .320, while low, is his best of the six seasons in which he played more than 83 games. He had the lowest range factor (2.18) among all starting major league center fielders in 2004.

In the 2005 season Patterson didn't do play well statisticly. On July 7, he was sent down to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. The demotion came after the Cubs had lost a season-high eight games in a row. Published reports indicated that center fielder Felix Pie, the Cubs' top prospect, was slated to be called up from Double-A West Tenn in July when Patterson was sent down.

Patterson was back up with the major league team on August 9, after his one-month stint in Triple-A Iowa. Following his return to the majors, Patterson struggled statistically.

Baltimore Orioles

Patterson batting for the Baltimore Orioles on June 27, 2007.

Patterson was traded by the Cubs to the Orioles on January 9, 2006, for Class-A Minor league players Nate Spears and Carlos Perez. In his only year with the Orioles, he batted .276 with 16 home runs and 53 RBI. He also stole 45 bases, which ranked third in the American League. Patterson's contract was not renewed concluding the 2007

Cincinnati Reds

On March 3, 2008, the Cincinnati Reds signed Patterson to a minor league contract. At the end of Spring Training, he was added to the 40-man roster.[1] Dusty Baker, manager of the Reds and Patterson's manager in Chicago, was instrumental in signing Patterson.[1] Baker often voiced his opinion on Patterson saying he thought Patterson is still a developing player.[2]

Patterson was invited to the Reds' spring training camp, and he started the 2008 in center field for Cincinnati. Platooning with utility man Ryan Freel, Patterson began the season statistically well. Gradually his average deteriorated, culminating in an 0-8 performance during Cincinnati's 18-inning loss to San Diego on May 25. The following day top outfield prospect Jay Bruce was called up from the Triple-A Louisville Bats to start in center field, demoting Patterson to the Reds' bench. On May 28, Patterson accepted a reassignment to Triple-A Louisville.[3] The demotion lasted only one week, however, when Patterson was recalled to replace Ryan Freel, who went to the disabled list with a strained right hamstring on June 4.[4][5] Patterson ended the season with a .205 batting average and .238 OBP.

Washington Nationals

On December 18, 2008, Patterson signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Washington Nationals.

Due to Josh Willingham being placed on the bereavement list, Patterson had his contract purchased from the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs on June 13, 2009. He hit .302, with six home runs and 23 RBIs in a 39 game the Chiefs, but hit only .133 with 2 stolen bases in 5 games for the Nationals. He was reassigned to Triple-A on June 20, 2009. He was released by the Nationals on July 29, 2009.

Milwaukee Brewers

Patterson signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on August 1, 2009.

Seattle Mariners

Patterson signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on December 9, 2009.[6]

Personal life

He throws right-handed and bats left-handed. His brother Eric was drafted by the Cubs in the 8th round in 2004, and made his major league debut for the Cubs on August 7, 2007. His father, Don Patterson, played in the NFL for two years.

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Preceded by
Rick Ankiel
1999
Youngest Player in the
National League

2000
Succeeded by
Wilson Betemit
2001

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